Marcus rolls through Denton

Right from the get-go, the Flower Mound Marcus Lady Marauders asserted their will against the Denton Lady Broncos.


Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.


Denton starts strong

If the first set of the season could have any long-term benefits, pulling off a tense, pressure-filled comeback victory is a nice way to start.


Old habits die hard for Denton

As much as Monday represented the official start to a new season for the Denton High School Broncos, it also was coach Kevin Atkinson’s first opportunity to motivate his entire team in a several months.

DISD to begin season ticket sales

Season tickets sales and renewals for the 2016 football season for Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan will begin Monday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and Denton High School.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Volleyball workouts to begin

As the dawn of a new season approaches Monday for a host of Denton-area volleyball teams, some programs are in rebuilding mode while others are still enjoying the last taste of a championship, but starting a season brings challenges for everyone.

Track and field: Denton’s McAfee off to Junior Olympics with eyes on 2020

Whether it’s just before the sun rises or long after it has set, Denton High School’s Ben McAfee can be found running. Committed to his dream of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, McAfee knows how much work is ahead of him. On Monday in Sacramento, California, he will take a major step toward accomplishing his goal as he competes in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.

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Baseball: Coaches react to pitch count directive

A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.

Denton’s Polley changes commitment, now headed to Colorado instead of KU

Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.

Denton hires former Tyler Lee coach

Denton athletic coordinator Kevin Atkinson knows how important experience at the highest level is, so when the Lady Broncos began their search for a new softball coach after Rhana Ramos resigned recently, Atkinson was looking for the right mix of approachability and confidence.

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Broncos’ Miller commits to Colorado for football

As a three-sport athlete, Chris Miller has been at the heart of Denton’s recent resurgence. He anchored a relay team to the state track and field meet, added depth to an already deep basketball squad and injected the football team with some of the best speed and athleticism it’s seen in several seasons.

Football: ‘When We Were All Broncos’ set for TV debut

After spending time riding the film festival circuit, When We Were All Broncos will make its television debut on KERA-TV (Channel 13) at 9 p.m. Friday. The documentary, directed by David Barrow, chronicles the journey of the racially integrated 1972 Denton High School football team and its role in Denton and the recently desegregated South.

Volleyball: DHS names Standridge volleyball head coach

Graduating from North Texas in 1980 with a degree in business, Gerry Standridge started in real estate before entering the coaching world, and it was in 2002 when he officially was introduced to the sport of volleyball.

Volleyball: Denton’s Kading resigns

Denton volleyball coach Danielle Kading didn’t have much of a transition from her time in college at TWU to head coach of the Lady Broncos at age 22, but when she arrived at Denton she hit the ground running, leading her team to five consecutive playoff appearances.

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Track and field: McDaniel leads Bronco contingent at state

First embracing track and field in fifth grade, Denton’s Logan McDaniel is still learning the sport. As he and the rest of the Broncos enter today’s Class 5A state meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, they are looking to take the next step toward ultimate success while building the program’s tradition along the way.

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Track: High-flying freshman Gembeh headed to state

In her time at Navo Middle School, Denton’s Selena Gembeh was one of the fastest runners on the track and field team, but in seventh grade her coach encouraged her to try the high jump.

Baseball: Liberty run-rules playoff Bloodhounds

ARGYLE — Scoring eight runs in the first inning, Liberty Christian kept swinging hard and staying on top of Brownsville St. Joseph. The Warriors hosted the Bloodhounds at Lovelace Family Stadium in a one-game TAPPS Class 5A bi-district playoff, and Liberty mercy-ruled the Bloodhounds 12-1 in five innings.

Baseball: Grapevine eliminates Broncos

FORT WORTH — After being trounced from the start of Game 1 of their best-of-three Class 5A bi-district playoff series against Grapevine, pitcher Malik Minter and the Denton Broncos knew they couldn’t allow themselves to get so far behind in Game 2.

Baseball: Grapevine blanks Broncos in Game 1

FORT WORTH — Not much went right for the Denton Broncos in the first game of their three-game Class 5A bi-district playoff series against Grapevine, starting from the first inning.

Denton falls to fourth

With Denton defeating Saginaw Boswell in the final game of the regular season to forge a tie for third place between the Broncos and Saginaw Chisholm Trail, a tiebreaker had to be played to decide the third and fourth seeds in the District 5-5A playoff picture.

Track and field: Denton confident for 5A regional track meet

As the Denton Broncos prepared for the Class 5A Region I track and field meet starting today in Lubbock, they were running a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

Softball: Graham leads Lady Falcons in shutout

FORT WORTH — Following each game, win or lose, first-year Lake Dallas coach Amber Tramp grips a white binder filled with her team’s season and game goals. She white-knuckles it after a loss, and she has a much lighter grip following a big win.

Baseball: Broncos rally, fall in eight

Down four entering the sixth at Cotton Nix Field, Denton showed resiliency Wednesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, chipping away with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 9.

Football: Ryan and Denton opt to skip spring ball

While two local teams begin spring practice today, two have decided against it.

Baseball: Hornets hold off Broncos

For the second consecutive game Denton struggled to find its offensive rhythm, and on Friday at Cotton Nix Field against last-place Azle, the Broncos had their opportunities but couldn’t exploit the Hornets until the District 5-5A game was out of hand.

Denton boys win District 5-5A meet

FORT WORTH — The Denton Bronco boys track team racked up five first-place finishes in the running events and four seconds in the field events to capture the District 5-5A championship Tuesday night at Fort Worth Brewer.

Baseball: Denton Broncos nearly overcome Rider gem

Heading to the bottom of the seventh down 2-0 to Wichita Falls Rider, the Denton Broncos didn’t want to be on the wrong end of a perfect game. The Raiders’ Koby Hott was three outs away from sending the Broncos to their third district loss.

Girls golf: Lady Broncos improving

As the Denton girls golf team heads into the Class 5A Region I tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, it carries pertinent lessons learned from the district tournament in late March.

Baseball: Broncos battle with Brewer Bears before falling in eighth

As the Denton Broncos exited their home dugout, it was a somber mood as each player shoved his equipment into a bag.


Baseball: Gone streaking

It appears the Denton Broncos are hitting their stride this season after beginning their season with one win in their first 13 games. Since then, they’ve won seven of their past eight games, are now tied for first place in District 5-5A and are on a five-game winning streak.


Soccer: Lady Broncos eliminated

ARGYLE — The Denton Lady Broncos ended their season in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Fort Worth Arlington Heights on penalty kicks Friday.

Soccer: Pirates plunder Denton

With Denton and Granbury clashing in the Class 5A Region I area round of the playoffs for the second straight season, Friday’s score of 2-1 made it the same result as last year.

Baseball: Ryan, Denton surging early in district races

Ryan’s lack of production at the plate makes it fair to wonder how long the Raiders can keep eking out wins against a tough district slate that is still anyone’s for the taking heading into Friday’s round of games.


Soccer: Denton girls oust Lake Dallas

When Denton and Lake Dallas met in the bi-district round of the playoffs a season ago, the veteran Lady Falcons blitzed the untested Lady Broncos in the first half and rolled to a 3-0 victory. Holding a bit more experience and plenty of motivation, it was Denton that was able to turn the tables a year later.

Baseball: Denton’s Richter shuts out Saginaw

After kicking off play in District 5-5A with three games on the road, the Denton Broncos returned to Cotton Nix Field on Thursday night. Behind a dominating performance by junior Raine Richter on the mound, the Broncos knocked off Saginaw 6-0.


Soccer: Broncos advance

From the first day of training camp to the Broncos’ first playoff game, Denton coach Pete Hilborn has reiterated to his team that the sky is the limit for the postseason.


Soccer: Seasons on line as playoffs start with Denton-Lake Dallas

As the Denton-area slate of playoff soccer kicks off today, Denton and Lake Dallas are set to rekindle a rivalry that saw the Lady Falcons end the Lady Broncos’ season 3-0 in the first round a year ago.

Basketball: Denton-area trio lands on TABC all-state list

Vivian Gray and Madison Ralston, two key cogs in Argyle’s state championship win from earlier this month, highlight a trio of Denton-area standouts recently named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state teams.

Girls soccer: Lady Broncos drop finale

In its regular-season finale at Bronco Field, Denton saw district champion Wichita Falls as a perfect test for its impending playoff run. The Lady Coyotes haven’t lost in District 5-5A play, and the Lady Broncos and Wichita Falls Rider round out the cream of the crop.

Soccer: Denton’s offense finds its rhythm in blowout win

As the Denton Lady Broncos wind down their regular season, their offense is beginning to find consistency, and their confidence is growing.

Boys soccer: Broncos can’t convert chances in draw

Boasting District 5-5A’s No. 2 defense and a win over Denton this season, Wichita Falls Rider has had a knack for playing the Broncos very tight in recent years.

Basketball: Crowley corrals Broncos

JUSTIN — Throughout the season, the Denton Broncos frequently found themselves in tightly contested games and a few times were able to deliver game-changing plays down the stretch.

Basketball: Broncos ground Birdville

KELLER — In the opening stanza of Denton’s Class 5A bi-district playoff matchup with Birdville, the Broncos could do no wrong, hitting baskets from all over the court and using their traditional tight defense to smother the Hawks’ offense.

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Baseball: Argyle ready to defend its crown

ARGYLE — Connor Mushinski was unflappable on the mound for Argyle in last year’s Class 4A title game, and by the end of that night, he was hoisting an MVP trophy. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of...

Basketball: Boys begin playoff march; Argyle, Sanger girls reach quarterfinals

Seven Denton-area boys basketball teams begin the journey through the UIL playoffs tonight and tomorrow while two area girls teams move into the regional quarterfinals.

Soccer: Lady Broncos blow out Chisholm Trail

Entering the second half of District 5-5A play Friday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, the Denton Lady Broncos re-evaluated their season goals in preparation for their run to the playoffs.

Girls basketball: Denton eliminated on buzzer-beater 3

SAGINAW — Trailing by eight points in the second half Monday, the Denton Lady Broncos did just about everything right the rest of the way to get themselves back in the game.

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Softball: With veteran lineup, Krum ready for state push

Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.

Girls basketball: Postseason kicks off Monday, Tuesday for area teams

For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.